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Community Safety Investment Framework

The Community Safety Investment Framework is a collaborative effort between The City of Calgary, the Calgary Police Service and community partners to connect and identify ways to improve support for Calgarians in crisis due to mental health concerns, addictions or other similar challenges.

Calgary's Mental Health and Addictions Strategy is a community led project to create hope and strengthen support for people, families and communities in Calgary living with mental health and addiction issues. The goal is to improve quality of life for all Calgarians by fostering a community of connections. It focusses on three themes:

BEING WELL. GETTING HELP. STAYING SAFE.

The Community Safety Investment Framework supports Calgary's Mental Health and Addiction Strategy theme of STAYING SAFE by addressing gaps in:

  • Crisis services for individuals, their families and support networks
  • Outreach services
  • The emergency response system in Calgary including any gaps in racially and culturally appropriate services.

Community Safety Investment Framework Fund

Application period

The Community Safety Investment Framework Call for Proposals will be open from March 11, 2021 to March 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Organizations can access applications if they have access to FIMS. Organizations who do not have a FIMS account must register with a myID business account. A myID business account is a single sign-on approach used by businesses and organizations to access City services online. Learn about how to obtain a myID business account and register for FIMS here.

If you have questions, please contact us at fundingproposals@calgary.ca

Description of funding

The purpose of the Community Safety Investment Framework Call for Proposals is to strengthen the existing community crisis response programs and to assess the current state of crisis response system to improve the wellbeing of Calgarians through an equitable and effective approach. 

The Community Safety Investment Framework Call for Proposals is implemented through two priority areas, each with its own eligibility and criteria:

  • Strengthening Existing Crisis Supports - to enhance the programs and services available to Calgarians in crisis as a result of mental health, addiction and other challenges.  
  • Transforming Calgary’s Crisis Response System - to build an evidence base on best practice research, analysis and stakeholder engagement to identify opportunities to transform the crisis prevention and response system.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Community Safety Investment Framework FAQs provide more information on eligibility and the application process. If you still have questions, email fundingproposals@calgary.ca.

Community Safety Investment Framework objectives

Strengthening Existing Crisis Supports

Funds are available to support existing programs to improve service in crisis response for Calgarians experiencing crisis.

Expected outcomes:

  • Improved crisis triage
  • Integrated case management
  • Increased availability of 24/7 non-emergency support and outreach services

Examples of indicators (Please note that these are provided as sample indicators.  Organizations can develop their own indicators to measure the above expected outcomes.)

  • Improved access for Calgarians to services through coordinated points of access.
  • Total time spent (hours) by client waiting for initial services.
  • Improved access to shared data between organizations that facilitate client care.
  • Improved ability to provide uninterrupted, coordinated care/service across programs, practitioners, organizations, and levels of care/service, over time.
  • Response wait time (minutes) for client in crises to receive services.

OR

Transforming Calgary’s Crisis Response System

Funds are available to conduct an environmental scan of the current state of crisis response in Calgary and identify gaps through system analysis and community engagement to inform future investments in crisis response, which may include new programs and services.

Expected deliverables:

  • Environmental Scan Report on best or promising practices on crisis response
  • System Analysis Report to assess current state of crisis response system including case flow
  • Stakeholder Engagement Report to identify gaps on crisis response
  • Recommendations to inform future investments in crisis response to transform crisis prevention and response 

Eligibility

Strengthening Existing Crisis Supports

Organizational eligibility

  • Non-profit organizations registered under the Societies Act or the Companies Act in Alberta, or the Federal Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, and operating within Calgary's city limits are eligible to apply

Program eligibility

  • The one-time funding is intended for existing programs or collaboration efforts that support Calgarians experiencing crisis
  • Program enhancement activities can be launched as soon as funding agreement is signed

 OR

Transforming Calgary’s Crisis Response System

Organizational eligibility

  • Organizations registered to legally operate in Alberta

Project eligibility

  • Funds are available to conduct an environmental scan of the current state of crisis response in Calgary and identify gaps through system analysis and community engagement to inform future investments in crisis response, which could include new programs and services.

Ineligible applications

  • Operational and administrative costs beyond those directly related to the program will not be considered for funding.

How we assess your application

Applications will be assessed in the following areas:

Eligibility

  • Application is received by the deadline – late applications will not be processed;
  • Application is complete - partial application will not be processed;
  • Organization is a registered non-profit organization or an organization registered to legally operate in Alberta;
  • Organization operates within Calgary city limits;
  • Organization and program align with the criteria of this Call for Proposals.

Strengthening Existing Crisis Supports

  • Service enhancement to crisis response is clearly articulated, including impacted population(s);
  • Demonstration of need, and evidence to support request;
  • Clear outline of intended outcomes and indicators;
  • Partners and their roles are clearly identified (if applicable);
  • Requested amount is proportionate to the type of proposed activities;
  • Demonstration that program enhancement activities can be launched as soon as funding agreement is signed;
  • Demonstration that program has the ability to spend the fund in 12 months.

OR

Transforming Calgary’s Crisis Response System

  • Requested amount proportionate to the type of proposed activities;
  • Clear understanding of the requirements for deliverables and a plan on how they could be achieved, including methods, current research, approaches, and modeling tools;
  • Sample of previous work that is in line with the scope as described;
  • Demonstration that project has the ability to meet the deliverables by October 31, 2021. 

Steps to apply

Read the information on this webpage in its entirety before filling out your application.

Organizations can access applications if they already have access to FIMS. Organizations who do not have a FIMS account must register in the FIMS system before accessing an application. Organizations can access FIMS with a myID business account. Learn about how to obtain a myID business account and register for FIMS here.

Applications must be submitted online through FIMS or other approved alternative options to submit your application by March 29, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Successful applicants will need to set up a FIMS account for payment and reporting purposes.   

After you have applied

The City of Calgary will review applications and make decisions by the end of April 2021. All applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application shortly thereafter.

Applicants may be asked to submit additional documents or answer questions to support the review and decision process. 

Unsuccessful applicants may request feedback on why the application wasn’t successful and what could be done differently in the future. Requests for feedback should be sent to fundingproposals@calgary.ca.

Reporting

Organizations will be required to report using the following accountability methods:

Strengthening Existing Crisis Supports

  • Monthly progress report through FIMS;
  • Project-end report will be submitted through FIMS that details the program outputs and outcomes. This report will be due on June 30, 2022;
  • A financial report and an unaudited financial statement will be submitted through FIMS. This report will be due on June 30, 2022;
  • For programs funded for $25,000 or more, audited financial statements will need to be submitted within three months after the organization’s fiscal year-end.

NOTE: Organizations are encouraged to include the costs associated with audited financial statements in the application’s budget section.

OR

Transforming Calgary’s Crisis Response System

  • Monthly progress report;
  • Environmental Scan, System Analysis, and Stakeholder Engagement reports, and Recommendations will be submitted through FIMS and due on October 31, 2021.

Glossary

  • Crisis – refers that persons in need of immediate support due to mental or emotional distress, or a threat to themselves or others’ safety;
  • Crisis response - refers to the immediate resources required by the individual experiencing a crisis, their families and/or support networks;
  • Funding Information Management System (FIMS) -  A secure, online platform for non-profit organizations to manage their organization's profiles, manage their reporting requirements, and apply for funding for social programs and services;
  • myID - An online service that provides citizens and business owners access to multiple City of Calgary services using a single account. A myID business account is required to access the Funding Information Management System (FIMS).

Contact us

If you have identified barriers with this call for funding proposals or would like to suggest ideas on how to make this funding process more accessible and equitable, please contact us. We commit to integrating the feedback when possible and providing rationale if we are currently unable to make the changes.

Email: fundingproposals@calgary.ca